It's also known as the "Animal Realm" in Buddhism. People living in this realm, you see, are stuck in the mode of survival of the fittest, with no interest in anything outside of what they know (unless it's related to survival). Aside from fighting for survival, they seek comfort and avoid discomfort, and have no creativity or sense of humor. The only thing remotely off is "seeking comfort" since Korean protagonists have a weird way of working constantly, but that's only because they're excessively seeking survival, even though they have no goals outside the act of surviving and living comfortably. But then, replace "comfort" with "money" and... While they're smart and able to make detailed plans for the future, their endgame is a middle-class lifestyle and dying peacefully after a long, uneventful "ever after". The few who don't work constantly in a constant state of fight-or-flight? Well, they usually laze around when they can be comfortable, destroy anything that makes them uncomfortable, and go back to lazing around, don't they? It's interesting to me how of all the KR novel protagonists (male mostly, some female too) I remember reading, easily 20+ novels, I can't think of a protagonist who doesn't spend at least 3/4 of the novel like that (in the prologue or backstory and near the end of the story sometimes being exceptions). I wonder why these authors avoid protagonists having specific goals/dreams outside of surviving and having money. It makes it exceptionally hard for me to empathize with them because it's too basic. I mean, pretty much everyone wants to live and live comfortably. But that's usually just the start. We want to live comfortably so we can pursue whatever it is we want to pursue. If we're satisfied at living comfortably... then we're just animals, right? And that's really fine. If Korean Protagonist Guy wants to live like that, it's fine, but... l feel like you could substitute a pet cat with equal IQ and knowledge for any Korean protagonist and it would be pretty much the same story, but 1000x better because you don't expect hopes or dreams, ambitions or desires, from a cat. And because mofumofu. (disclaimer: there are some genres I don't read, and many many untranslated novels, so I don't speak of all korean protagonists. Just the ones I've read. Around 25 or so far enough into the novel to be confident?) (further disclaimer: I don't mean to say korean protagonists are inferior to other nations' webnovel/light novel protagonists - each nation has its own strengths and failings) What I'm most interested in is: Do you know any Korean protagonists who are different? Does it even bother you (if you've read more than a handful) if they're all like that? Would you read a korean-style novel about a pet cat that got isekai'd / separated from its owners due to a dungeon outbreak / etc and would stop at nothing to get back to its life of free meals and all the petting it could ever want?